St Joseph's Hospice in Ecuador

The Hospice established in Ecuador by Father O'Leary continues to support patients there through our longstanding relationships with missionaries such as The Society of Saint James and Jospice-supported Mill Hill Missionary Fr. Frank Smith.

  • Fr. Frank Smith worked as a missionary priest amongst the poor in Ecuador for most of the past 35 years. Por Cristo staff and volunteers first met Fr. Frank in the 1980s when he was located in the barrio of Suburbio, one of the many slum communities that make up the sprawling city of Guayaquil. 

    In the early 1990s, Fr. Frank moved to the fledgling Isla Trinitaria, which was one of the newest squatter communities of the city. Fr. Frank soon invited Por Cristo to the area, and we have been there ever since. It was in Isla Trinitaria that we encountered both the challenge and the opportunity to be of assistance to a growing population living in very poor conditions, mostly in cane housing with no running water, sanitation, electricity or paved roads.

  • In cooperation with Fr. Frank, Por Cristo established its nutrition project in an effort to treat the many children of the area suffering from the effects of malnutrition.  

    In December 2010 Father Frank retired and returned to the UK. We thank him for all the dedicated years he has given to the work of Jospice and beyond. The clinic is now managed on our behalf by Fundasen, an Ecuadorian charity that is run by the Catholic Archdiocese of Guayaquil.